Robert Loggia

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Robert Loggia
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Born Salvatore Loggia
(1930-01-03) January 3, 1930 (age 84)
Staten Island, New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Wagner College
Alma mater University of Missouri
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1951–present
Spouse(s) Marjorie Sloan
(1954–1981)
Audrey O'Brien
(1982–present)
Children 3 children (and 1 stepdaughter)
Awards Saturn Award (1988)

Robert Loggia (born Salvatore Loggia[1] on January 3, 1930) is an American actor and director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jagged Edge.

Early life[edit]

Loggia, an Italian American, was born on Staten Island on January 3, 1930, the son of Benjamin Loggia, a shoemaker, and Elena Blandino, a homemaker,[2] both of whom were born in Sicily, Italy.[3][4] After studying at Wagner College and journalism at the University of Missouri (class of 1951) and serving in the U.S. Army, Loggia began a long career as a supporting player in movies, on stage and television.

Career[edit]

Loggia was a radio and TV anchor in Southern Command Network in the Panama Canal Zone. Loggia first came to prominence playing the real-life American lawman Elfego Baca in a series of Walt Disney TV shows in 1958. He starred as the proverbial cat-burglar-turned-good in a short-lived series called T.H.E. Cat. In 1972, he played Frank Carver on the CBS soap opera The Secret Storm.[5] His many television credits include appearances on Frasier, The Bionic Woman, Overland Trail, Target: The Corruptors!, The Eleventh Hour, Breaking Point, Combat!, Custer, Columbo, Ellery Queen, High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, Big Valley, Rawhide, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files (three times as three different characters), Magnum, P.I., Quincy, M.E., Kojak, Hawaii Five-0, The Sopranos, Monk, Oliver Stone's miniseries Wild Palms and Little House on the Prairie.

His film roles include An Officer and a Gentleman, Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771, based on the Air New Zealand Flight 103 incident, Scarface, Prizzi's Honor, Over The Top, Independence Day, Necessary Roughness, Return to Me, Armed and Dangerous, and Big (for which he won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor).

In 1985, Loggia was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of crusty private detective Sam Ransom in the thriller Jagged Edge. He was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the TV series Mancuso, FBI, a follow up to the previous year's miniseries Favorite Son. Loggia appeared as mobsters in multiple films including Sykes in Disney's Oliver & Company (1988), Salvatore "The Shark" Macelli in John Landis' Innocent Blood and Mr. Eddy in David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997) and The Don's Analyst (1997).

In 1998, Loggia appeared in a television commercial lampooning obscure celebrity endorsements. In it, a young boy names Loggia as someone he would trust to recommend Minute Maid orange-tangerine blend. Robert Loggia instantly appears and endorses the drink, to which the boy exclaims, "Whoa, Robert Loggia!"[6] The commercial was later referenced in an episode of Malcolm in the Middle in which Loggia made a guest appearance as "Grandpa Victor" (for which he received his second Emmy nomination); Loggia drinks some orange juice, then spits it out and complains about the pulp. In a similar vein, Loggia has been parodied on an episode of the show Family Guy titled "Peter's Two Dads." Loggia also played a violent mobster named Feech La Manna on a few episodes of the series The Sopranos.

In addition to his role in Oliver & Company (1988), Loggia has had several other voice acting roles. A recurring role on the Adult Swim animated comedy Tom Goes to the Mayor, as crooked cop Ray Machowski in the video game Grand Theft Auto III, as Admiral Petrarch in FreeSpace 2, as the narrator of the Scarface: The World is Yours game adaptation, and in the anime movie A Dog of Flanders (1997).[7]

In August 2009, Loggia appeared in one of Apple's Get a Mac advertisements. The advertisement features Loggia as a personal trainer hired by PC to get him back on top of his game.

On October 26, 2009, TVGuide.com announced Loggia joined the cast of the TNT series Men of a Certain Age.[8] The role had him teaming up again with his Necessary Roughness co-star Scott Bakula.

In 2010, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.

On December 17, 2011, Loggia was honored by his alma mater, the University of Missouri, with an honorary degree for his career and humanitarian efforts.[9]

In 2012, Loggia portrayed Saint Peter during his final imprisonment in The Apostle Peter and the Last Supper.

Filmography[edit]

Robert Loggia in 1966
Film [10]
Year Title Role Notes
1956 Somebody Up There Likes Me Frankie Peppo Uncredited
1957 The Garment Jungle Tulio Renata
1958 Cop Hater Detective Steve Carelli
The Lost Missile Dr. David Loring
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told Joseph
1966 The Three Sisters Solyony
Elfego Baca: Six Gun Law Elfego Baca
1969 Che! Faustino Morales
1977 First Love John March
Speedtrap Spillano
1974 Turn the Other Cheek Marches Gonzaga Billed as Roberto Loggia
1976 Columbo Harry Blandford One episode Now You See Him...
1978 Revenge of the Pink Panther Al Marchione
1980 The Ninth Configuration Lt. Bennish
Flatfoot in Egypt Barns
1981 S.O.B. Herb Maskowitz
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman Byron Mayo
Trail of the Pink Panther Bruno Langois
1983 Psycho II Dr. Bill Raymond
Curse of the Pink Panther Bruno Langois
Scarface Frank Lopez
1985 Prizzi's Honor Eduardo Prizzi
Jagged Edge Sam Ransom
1986 Armed and Dangerous Michael Carlino
That's Life! Father Baragone
1987 Over the Top Jason Cutler
Hot Pursuit Mac MacClaren
The Believers Lt. Sean McTaggert
Gaby: A True Story Michel
Amazon Women on the Moon Gen. McCormick Segment: The Unknown Soldier
Uncredited
1988 Big Mr. MacMillan
Oliver and Company Sykes Voice Only
1989 Relentless Bill Malloy
Triumph of the Spirit Father Arouch
1990 Opportunity Knocks Milt
1991 The Marrying Man Lew Horner
Necessary Roughness Coach Wally Rig
1992 Gladiator Pappy Jack
Spies Inc. Mac
Innocent Blood Sallie "The Shark" Macelli
1993 Flight from Hell Gordon
1994 Bad Girls Frank Jarrett
The Last Tattoo Cmdr. Conrad Dart
I Love Trouble Matt, Chronicle Editor
1995 Coldblooded Gordon
Man With a Gun Philip Marquand
1996 Independence Day General William Grey
1997 Lost Highway Mr. Eddy
Smilla's Sense of Snow Moritz Jasperson
1997 The Dog of Flanders Grandpa Jehan Voice Only
English Version
1998 Holy Man John McBainbridge
1999 Joan Of Arc Father Monet TV
2000 Return to Me Angelo Pardipillo
2000 Malcolm in the Middle Victor (Lois' Dad) TV
2006 The Sopranos Feech La Manna
2009 Shrink Dr. Robert Carter
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Tommy Schlaaang
Apostle Peter and the Last Supper Apostle Peter

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film/TV Show Result
1986 Academy Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role Jagged Edge Nominated
1988 CableACE Award Best Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 Nominated
Golden Precolumbian Circle Award Best Actor Gaby: A True Story Won
1990 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Big Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Mancuso, FBI Nominated
2001 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Malcolm in the Middle Nominated

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